Watchdog group files complaint against Clyde

9th District Cong. Andrew Clyde violated House ethics rules by introducing, sponsoring and advocating for legislation that would benefit his firearms company, according to a complaint filed this week by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) with the Office of Congressional Ethics.

In January 2023, Attorney General Merrick Garland approved a rule that places stricter regulations on pistols equipped with stabilizing braces (also known as pistol braces) that allow them to be fired from the shoulder like a rifle.

Since then, Clyde, a Jackson County Republican, has introduced legislation that would eliminate many restrictions put in place by the rule, a congressional resolution that would nullify the rule and an amendment that would prevent the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from spending any funds on implementing the rule, according to CREW’s complaint.

Clyde’s press office has been contacted for comment.

You can read more about the group’s filing here CREW files ethics complaint against Rep. Andrew Clyde – CREW | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (

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